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Old 11-18-2011, 02:11 PM   #1
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Well slap my sister and call me a hound dog! It's the BANJO PLAYERS THREAD!

Hey ladies and gentleman...

I've noticed a good amount of pickers showing up around the forums. There's even a great UG group about banjo playing. In a moment of clarity and wisdom I decided that making a thread to be the go-to place for learning about and discussing this instrument would not only be a good idea, but a tribute to the great Scruggs himself.

So, have at it, guys. I play a Deering. I picked up the instrument originally to start playing along with Avett Brothers songs, but now I'm horribly addicted to bluegrass.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
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Does Scott Avett use a strange tuning on his banjo? It seems like he breaks an ungodly amount of strings. It can't just be how aggressively he plays, can it?
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:21 PM   #3
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I don't play the banjo (I want to) but I just wanted to pop in and compliment you on your thread title. Bravo, sir.

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Old 11-18-2011, 02:30 PM   #4
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Banjos are rad, would be cool to have one
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:57 PM   #5
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Does Scott Avett use a strange tuning on his banjo? It seems like he breaks an ungodly amount of strings. It can't just be how aggressively he plays, can it?



He uses the regular GDGBD. He just plays like a madman. I'm actually going to see him tonight!
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:24 PM   #6
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you should link to the group in the OP, and i'll edit the link to this thread in the group.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:34 PM   #7
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As a fellow picker, I approve of this thread!

I too play a Deering (Deluxe 5) and my major influences are Bela Fleck, Scruggs, Dave Carroll (Trampled By Turtles, highly recommended), Scott Avett, and Eddie Adcock
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:29 PM   #8
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I want one

Epic title btw. That's all I have to contribute
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:33 PM   #9
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I play a Barnes & Mullins because I haven't upgraded, but it does its job: I'm not much of a player, but I play a bit Not as much as I used to, sadly, but I still write with it sometimes.

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Old 11-21-2011, 04:57 AM   #10
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I just got a banjo last week! Trying to figure out if there is any tuning which reminds of drop d! Just going to use it for strumming and riffs. Love the sound!
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:55 AM   #11
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I just got a banjo last week! Trying to figure out if there is any tuning which reminds of drop d! Just going to use it for strumming and riffs. Love the sound!


if you want something like drop D, you could try double C tuning, which is (G)CGCD, or you can try triple C, which is (G)CGCC. i'm not sure if you're using a 4 or 5 string, but those tunings would work on either, minus the 5th string.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:04 AM   #12
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i am a banjo player before a guitar player. i'm upgrading to a custom internal resonator openback with a frailing scoop, planetary tuners, compensated bridge, and renaissance head! anyone who knows what im talking about deserves to be in this thread!
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:05 AM   #13
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that's pretty cool. the compensated bridge would would be nice to have, i'm probably going to try and get one at some point in the near future. i think a frailing scoop would be annoying though, since i' not much for frailing, and i actually use those higher frets, though it depends on how much of the neck is scooped out.
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:55 PM   #14
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I thinks it's from fret 17 to 22, so I'm not gonna miss them that much. I do a lot of clawhammer so it will be nice to have that instead of slamming my fingernails against the frets when I play up the neck a little with my right.

So does anyone else feel like they got an infectious disease that requires them to buy more banjos? It's horrible... All my money disappears...
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:11 PM   #15
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I thinks it's from fret 17 to 22, so I'm not gonna miss them that much. I do a lot of clawhammer so it will be nice to have that instead of slamming my fingernails against the frets when I play up the neck a little with my right.

So does anyone else feel like they got an infectious disease that requires them to buy more banjos? It's horrible... All my money disappears...




I've recently started collecting decorated banjo heads. I'm addicted. They're hard as hell to find, but someone will post their one-off on ebay from time to time for only like $25.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:49 PM   #16
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http://www.banjohangout.org/ this is the UG for banjo.
http://www.resohangout.com/ this is the UG for resonator

I have a couple of banjos, one hand made (by me) & the other is a Washburn B9, the B9 is just an entry level banjo IMHO but it kicks.

Here is the one I built, set up with all nylon & my own homemade skin 'clear' the skin is laminating plastic.



Here is my Washburn B9



The B9 with my clear skin & without.

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Old 12-02-2011, 07:13 PM   #17
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here are some jokes you guys might like.

http://bluegrassbanjo.org/banjokes.html
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:34 AM   #18
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Where can I get a banjo for my girlfriend? She wants to learn, but for the life of me I can't find a store selling them in Ontario (other than far, far, far north).

The B9 looks good considering it is about $250, and I don't want to spend more than that on a beginner banjo, but I also don't want to order it off Amazon

Any ideas. Also, would you recommend the B9? I don't know anything about 4 vs 5 string Banjos. If it helps, she wants to be like the guy from Mumford & Sons!
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:29 PM   #19
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The B9 is a great banjo for the price!
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:38 PM   #20
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As a fellow picker, I approve of this thread!

I too play a Deering (Deluxe 5) and my major influences are Bela Fleck, Scruggs, Dave Carroll (Trampled By Turtles, highly recommended), Scott Avett, and Eddie Adcock

I don'y play the banjo but... Trampled by Turtles kicks ass
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